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The Afghan Deal May Be Doomed, but Bring the Troops Home Anyway

Monica Duffy Toft co-publishes op-ed in The American Conservative exploring the core lesson from the war in Afghanistan.

The ink is barely dry on a new U.S.-Taliban peace deal but there is renewed hope that the forever war in Afghanistan might finally end. 

However, the likelihood that the agreement will prove sustainable and resolve the internal problems between various Afghan factions remains exceedingly low. Some have argued that this means the United States should continue to maintain a troop presence in Afghanistan until a better deal emerges. They contend that American forces should prop up and defend the current Afghan government until it is certain the Taliban will not retake the country and al-Qaeda and ISIS are vanquished for good.

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